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Pipedreams with Michael Barone

Sundays, 8 to 10pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by Michael Barone

Pipedreams, which began production in 1982, remains the only nationally-distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ.  Host and senior executive producer Michael Barone has been recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music.  Michael brought Pipedreams to Rochester in 2009 and again in 2016, recording Pipedreams Live programs featuring students and faculty from the Eastman School of Music in one of the most "remarkably popular and successful weekend organ festivals" ever.

American Guild of Organists

Host Michael Barone looks back at performances from the Houston AGO in 2016, while looking forward to Kansas City AGO 2018.

5/6     Houston AGO 2016 (III)  Mostly new music performances from the 2016 national convention of the
American Guild of Organists in Houston, TX.

5/13    Kansas City, Here We Come!  A prelude to the upcoming national convention of the American Guild of Organists in and around Kansas City (July 1-6, 2018).

Pipedreams: April 2018

Mar 26, 2018

4/1       To Rise and Shine . . . celebrations and reflections for the Easter season.

4/8        A Little Knight Music. . . exploring the sonatas of August Gottfried Ritter and other music with knightly references.

4/15      Houston AGO 2016 (II). . . more performances from the 2016 national convention of the American

Guild of Organists in Houston, TX.

4/22      Ladies, Be Good! . . . across the centuries, women composers have shared their exceptional creativity.

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

3/4       Organ And  A program of repertoire in which the pipe organ engages diverse instrumental colleagues in conversation.

3/11      Working Women  In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (3/8/18), a collection of women composers and performers.  (Including Chelsea Chen, pictured here.)

3/18      Buxtehude, Before and After  Danish recitalist Bine Bryndorf provides an in-depth assessment of the greatest organ composer before Bach

Pipedreams Photo Gallery

2/4 The Younger Generation  Performers and composers ‘of a certain age’ show continued interest in the King of Instruments.  Specific listings that include more Rochester performers.  2/11 The Eastman Kids at Sacred Heart Cathedral  More exceptional student performances from a Pipedreams Live!

In April 2016, Michael Barone brought Pipedreams Live to Rochester, where Justin LaVoie was guest performer on the mighty Wurlitzer organ at the Auditorium Theatre for the Rochester Theater Organ Society.  The Jan 28th program Pipedreams Live!


12/3     More Finnished Business  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence (December 6, 1917), we focus on Finnish composers, performers, and Finnish-built instruments.
12/10    Organ and Orchestra  Ever since Bach and Handel, this combination of instruments has continued to engage and excite.
12/17    An American Organist’s Christmas Soloists, composers and instrument builders all around our country celebrate the holiday season.


From the Reformation to a Bountiful Harvest, organ lovers give thanks for organists and composers who write for the pipe organ.

This month Pipedreams presents two programs from the April 2016 Pipedreams Live concerts from Christ Church in downtown Rochester.

Jared Lamenzo, organist at the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Manhattan, plays the parish's 1868 Henry Erben Pipe Organ for these young organ enthusiasts. 

This summer eleven children took part in the first every summer music camp "Pipes, Pedals and Peals" where they learned about the history of the organ, had lessons in playing the violin and handbell chimes, and got to build a miniature replica of the Erben organ from a special kit, helping them understand the functioning of the organ.

September 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Aug 28, 2017
Pipedreams Photo Gallery

9/3        Concert Pieces  A special segment of the repertoire dedicated to the display of a performer’s skill and an instrument’s resources.

9/10      O How Glorious   Common sense tells us that the pipe organ’s most important ‘stop’ is the room in which it speaks.

9/17      From Royal Albert Hall  A BBC Proms concert focusing on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with newly commissioned scores and traditional repertoire, too.